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My name is Jason Brunken, or Mr. Brunken as you should call me at school. I am from the relatively small city of Lincoln, Nebraska in the United States. There, I attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and received my Bachelors of Science degree in Secondary Education. I’ve had a love for teaching since I was in middle school, and when I got to college, there was no thinking twice about what my major would be. While receiving my degree at UNL, I had the wonderful opportunity to work in two public high schools in Lincoln, Nebraska and also had the chance to travel to Tainan, Taiwan to teach English for the first time with the World Passport organization. From there, I fell in love with English teaching and Taiwan. After my graduation in May 2004, I traveled to Kaohsiung, Taiwan where I taught in a language school, two public schools, and seminars and workshops for Kaohsiung County Department of Education administrators and teachers. In June 2005, my wife and I moved back to the US where I worked as an academic counselor at the University of Nebraska Athletic Department and we had our first child, Sabrina. 

In May 2006, my wife accepted a position as a professor at National Taipei University of Technology, and we decided to move back to Taiwan to start our lives and careers. I have been a Happy Kids teacher now for almost ten years where I have taught Grade 6, Grade 2, our Middle School Program, and Happy Scientists in the After School Language Arts Program (ASLA). I have also been the Principal for the ASLA Program for the past two years. I enjoy helping it grow and move into the 21st century to continue to serve the children of Taipei. This year, along with serving our students as the ASLA Program Principal, I will be teaching Grade 6, Grade 2 Early Bird, and the Middle School Program. 

I have been married for ten years now to my wife Hsin-yi. We have two daughters. Sabrina, our oldest, is starting fourth grade this year, and our youngest daughter, Athena, will is in the Preschool class at Happy Kids. 

On top of trying to be the best teacher that I can for all of my students, I am also a student. I am currently working on finishing a master's degree in educational technology through Boise State University in the United States. I believe technology will play a key role in future education as our economy and daily lives rapidly becomes more dependent on information technology. As I learn more and more in my program, I will continue to incorporate my knowledge into my teaching here at Happy Kids.

Though I am very busy, I try to make time for leisure when possible. I enjoy reading, dabbling with computers, watching movies, fishing, and watching football. Oh, and tea. I love Taiwanese oolong tea, well, most teas really. I am happy drinking tea all day long.

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